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Based on the best-selling autobiography by Irish author Frank McCourt. McCourt's large family were very poor when he was growing up in both New York and Limerick, where they returned in the 1930s after the death of his baby sister. His mother Angela bravely tried to keep the family together, despite his father's alcoholism. The events of the film are hilarious and tragic in turn (and sometimes at once), as young Frank comes of age amid the chaos and dreams of returning to America. His individual story reflects some poignant truths about human nature.
Three films shaped by director Bill Douglas' harsh childhood in a poor Scottish mining village.
14+ years 166 mins
Poetic, nostalgia-filled documentary by Liverpool-born director Terence Davies, looking back to the harsh post-war 1950s and 1960s in his home city.
14+ years 74 mins
Adaptation of the famous Charles Dickens novel, about a boy who grows up in a brutal workhouse in Victorian London before joining a pickpocket gang.
7+ years 110 mins
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